Charlotte Medical Malpractice Lawyers
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When our physical bodies fail us, we put our trust in doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers. Whether it is taking a medication for the first time, surgery, or seeing a specialist, we have little choice but to trust the professionals.
But what if the professional made a mistake? It’s a frightful thing to think about, and we often forget that it is possible. When your health or the health of your loved one is at stake, there is simply no room for a preventable error. How often do they really happen?
Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations in NC
As you begin the process of filing a medical malpractice suit in Charlotte, NC - you'll want to first consider North Carolina's statute of limitations deadline. A medical malpractice attorney can help you navigate these further, but here is what you can expect to learn:
- You must file within three years of the date the health care provider committed the error OR
- You must file within one year of the date the medical error was discovered OR
- You must file within one year after the date of discovery of an object that was left inside a patient.
In many cases, a medical error is not discovered for some time. Your medical malpractice lawyer can help you navigate these complicated situations. Additionally, some patients have objects left inside of them during surgery.
The statute of limitations in North Carolina is important to note, but do not hesitate to contact our attorneys if that time has passed. Sometimes, lawyers can extend the deadline or find an exception to the general rule. You deserve adequate compensation for the error made in your health care.
Medical Errors: An Alarming Trend
Recent studies show that between 250,000 to 440,000 deaths a year are caused by preventable medical errors in hospitals. According to a 2016 study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and published in the British Medical Journal, deaths caused by medical errors are now believed to be the third leading cause of death in the United States, above stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, respiratory disease, and accidents, and second only to heart disease and cancer.
Authors of an earlier study in the Journal of Patient Safety called the alarming number of preventable deaths in hospital “… an epidemic of patient harm…”.
Learn more through the below links:
- Medical error—the third leading cause of death in the US
- A New, Evidence-based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care
Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice
How do I know if I have a case?
We will help you determine if you have a case. A negative experience or outcome with a medical professional does not mean medical malpractice has occurred. Mistakes do happen, and if you or a loved one are unharmed, you may not have a case and should consider yourself fortunate. If you were harmed, it will need to be proven that the doctor, nurse or hospital strayed from the standard practices of care, resulting in the injury or harm. We can help you with this.
Who is responsible for my medical malpractice injury?
Any doctor, nurse, or hospital employee can be held accountable for medical malpractice. What often happens is the hospital staff may be overworked if the organization is attempting to cut hours and save money; this is known as hospital negligence.
How long do I have to pursue a medical malpractice claim?
In both North and South Carolina, the statute of limitations is three years, meaning you have three years from when the injury occurred to pursue legal action. Please do not wait until the last minute to call us and file a claim. If you believe you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice, take the first responsible step and learn about your rights. You can decide later if you wish to pursue a lawsuit. A consultation with a lawyer is always free and without obligation. It’s in your best interest to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
Can I pursue a claim on my own?
You may pursue a claim on your own, but seeking the help of a medical malpractice attorney who understands the legal arena and the medical field is highly recommended. Medical malpractice cases can be expensive, time-consuming, and difficult for those without experience. A skilled attorney knows both fields in all their complexity.
How much does it cost to hire a medical malpractice lawyer?
We work on contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid if your claim is settled successfully. There are no out-of-pocket costs for you.
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$3 Million Cerebral Palsy
Confidential settlement for a child with cerebral palsy as a result of birth-related brain injury.
$13 Million Medical Negligence Verdict
An infant suffered an undiagnosed case of bacterial meningitis that caused severe neurological damage.
$8 Million Confidential Settlement
Confidential settlement for an infant with bilateral leg amputations following improper placement of the femoral line.
$3.375 Million Failure to Diagnose
Confidential settlement on behalf of a child with severe visual impairments resulting from the failure to properly diagnose retinopathy of prematurity in a newborn child.
$3 Million Negligent Administration of Nerve Block
Confidential settlement for a woman with hypoxic-ischemic brain injury as a result of negligent administration of nerve block for headache.
We have a long history of successfully representing clients with medical malpractice claims. Because these cases are highly complicated and expensive to pursue, we won’t be able to accept every case.
As part of our extensive investigation into your claim, our firm will review your case and source a team of qualified experts in the area of medicine when appropriate. We work hard to ensure cases are supported by qualified physicians and nursing experts before they are brought to court.
We staff the following experts to help with your claim:
- A registered nurse (RN) on staff who may assist with your case and help explain the medical complexities of your case specifically
- Developed contacts in most medical specialties, including obstetrics, oncology, anesthesiology, and orthopedics, to name a few
As we work with these specialists and gather evidence to help obtain a fair settlement or verdict for your claim, you can better focus on what is most important—taking care of yourself and your family, healing, and enjoying life again.
Your family deserves an advocate who cares about their rights and has real, successful experience in a courtroom. We are trial lawyers, and while we do all we can to effectively resolve your case without taking it to trial, you can rest assured that we are ready and prepared to. We will fight for you, so that you may focus on yourself and your healing.
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